The City Council adopted policies in the 1960s and 1970s that established and recognized community planning groups as formal mechanisms for community input in the land use decision-making processes. In 1966, the San Diego City Council formalized this government-citizen relationship with the adoption of Council Policy 600-05. The organization and structure of the relationship were further clarified in 1976 by the City Council’s adoption of Council Policy 600-24 , ‘Standard Operating Procedures and Responsibilities of Recognized Community Planning Groups.’ In addition, the Administrative Guidelines, assist planning groups with their understanding of CP 600-24. Community Planning Groups (CPG) are required to adopt operating procedures and responsibilities, otherwise known as bylaws, which must be consistent with the requirements of the Council Policy. The bylaws ensure that the group will represent the community at large, will solicit input from the community and will operate in a fair manner.
On Oct. 27, 2006, the City Attorney issued a memorandum of law advising that Community Planning Groups (CPGs) and the Community Planners Committee (CPC) must comply with California's Open Meeting Law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. The purpose of the act is to ensure the actions and deliberations of public bodies occur openly with public access and input. A summary of Brown Act references within Council Policy 600-24 is provided. For more information, view the presentation on the Brown Act presented at the Community Orientation Workshop (COW) or the video below. The League of California Cities Open and Public Handbook is also mentioned at the end of the training video as a helpful resource related to the Brown Act.
Attendance by all planning group members at a Community Orientation Workshop (COW) session is required by City Council Policy 600-24. In order to meet the criteria for indemnification, this training must be completed within 60 days of being elected.
The COW is typically offered once a year in the spring following annual elections. If a planning group member cannot attend the COW, Community Planning Group members can take the Electronic Community Orientation Workshop online at their convenience. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, please download here. (This will assist with the E-COW Completion Form.) For more information, email SDPlanningGroups@sandiego.gov.
There are currently no trainings scheduled.
The Virtual Community Orientation Workshop took place via Zoom on June 7, 2021 and included a review of Council Policy 600-24, Administrative Guidelines, the project review process, and a discussion on other topics related to City functions. Please see the following recording of the Virtual COW and associated materials for reference.